This week’s Hot Home Products column is about styles that keep turning up again and again, with a focus on design elements from the 70s. Karen Sealy, a regular expert on CityLine, who designed the room shown at left (more pics in my column), suggests using elements from that era in small doses, or in affordable accessories, to avoid going overboard on retro. For example, she bought a furry shag rug to place in front of her own fireplace for a fun 70s vibe. “But I didn’t spend a lot on it,” she said, “because I know it’s a look that I’ll tire of and want to replace."When it comes to colour from the era, she advises against trying to replicate it, but instead using it for inspiration. The orange shown in the pic echoes the burnt orange that was popular in the mid-seventies, but it's got a fresher, brighter tint that works better now.
The column also featured decorative hardware from Stanley Home Design, which comes in a “transitional” style that incorporates designs from various era and global and influences, and two new finishes that reflect the trend toward warmer metals — Egyptian bronze (see below) and satin nickel. At about $6 for a two-pack and about $20 for 10, they’re a quick and inexpensive way to update a look.